Humans have beenusing marijuana for generations, far before we became informed of its healtheffects and social impact. Also known as cannabis or pot, it became a verypopular and fast-growing plant due to its many uses and easy cultivation. Originallyconsumed as a form of medicine and for its uses in hemp, the criminalization ofmarijuana did not begin until the early 1900’s. As the recreational uses ofmarijuana grew throughout the United States, governments feared it contributedto the massive unemployment of the Great Depression. As a result, marijuana wasviewed as an “evil substance”.
Today, the legalization of marijuana seemsalmost inevitable across our country. As our economy and social beliefscontinue to grow, many countries have already legalized marijuana and it isonly a matter of time in Canada. Looking ahead, its legalization will greatlybenefit the regulation of organized crime and the economy, taking money awayfrom criminals and using the funds to further develop our country. In addition,helping save the lives of many teens and adults that are criminalized for itsuse in recreational purposes. Ruining families and reputations of youtheverywhere over small amounts of cannabis.
In April 2017, the federalgovernment announced a new legislation to legalize and regulate legalizedmarijuana in Canada by July 2018. If completely passed, the new Cannabis Act inCanada would establish rules for possessing, producing and selling cannabis. Ultimately,Canada’s decision to legalize marijuana will have a profoundly positive impactour country.Thenew legislation of marijuana legalization in Canada will be a complete effortworking to help teens, and young adults have a safe approach for recreationaluse.
In order to keep our youth and communities safe the minimum age to buy,sell and consume cannabis will be 19 years of age. Ultimately, what determinesits success in Canada will be how well we can monitor and reduce small-scaleusers. Learning from countries such as the Netherlands that have legalized marijuanaover 20 years, the results show a reduction in criminals, less cost and willreduce the negative taint of many teens. In any country, the use of marijuanais inevitable but the system determines the impact it has on the country. In a2011 study, Dutch youth reported that cannabis is highly available but not asavailable as in the U.S.
23% of Dutch people aged 15 to 64 have tried marijuanaand 7% have used it recently, those numbers are double in the U.S. The Dutchpolicy suggests that by separating markets of marijuana from other drugs and reducingits commercial availability, it will keep the drug out of the hands of teens.
Oncelegalized effectively, not only will its frequency decline but also it will alsoremove criminalization amongst these users. It could be your children, family andloved ones that are sent to jail for these small acts. Being treated as acriminal for small amounts of use or possession is a misuse our countries moneyand time when there is no harm being done to society. Because marijuana is seenas “evil” and dangerous drug, teens criminalized for small offences can neverobtain a job and are stuck with a negative stain. With the new legislationcoming into effect in July, the legalization of cannabis is inevitable.
Now,with the research and history we know we can effective reduce the influence ithas on the youth and focus more on the true criminals. These teens are notoffenders or lawbreakers they are the future of our country.